Class of 2019-20
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
Melissa M. Noel Endowed Chair in Nutrition and Health
College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Donovan’s laboratory conducts research in pediatric nutrition, focusing on optimizing intestinal and cognitive development and on development of the gut microbiome. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Society for Nutrition. She serves on the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans advisory committee. Honors include the Norman A. Kretchmer Award from the American Society for Nutrition; the Mead Johnson Award, American Society for Nutritional Sciences; and the Jonas Salk Health Leadership Award, March of Dimes. She will collaborate with the colleges of engineering, veterinary medicine and biomedical sciences and agriculture and life sciences.